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Cumming store manager pepper-sprayed during fraud attempt
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Authorities say that the manager of a Cumming beauty supply store was attacked with pepper spray on Monday night after two “known thieves” attempted to make large gift card purchases at the store.

According to Cumming Police Detective Coy Turner, the assault occurred at about 7 p.m. on Monday, after two individuals entered the Ulta Beauty store on Market Place Blvd. and attempted to use Apple Pay on an Apple Watch to buy $600 in gift cards from the store.

During the interaction, the store’s manager reportedly recognized the two individuals as suspects that had previously shoplifted at the store and ordered them to leave.

As the suspects left the store, one allegedly pulled out a can of pepper spray and discharged it into the manager’s face, before fleeing to a waiting vehicle.

The entire incident was captured on video, Turner said, and from the video authorities have determined that individuals involved are suspects wanted for a number of similar crimes and thefts throughout North Georgia and the Forsyth County area. Their vehicle has also allegedly been tied to local crimes.

Several BOLOs and lookouts have been posted for the suspects, Turner said, but so far they have not been apprehended.

If caught, the suspects will be charged with aggravated battery for the incident.

Turner said that the store manager was taken to a local hospital for treatment related to the pepper spray attack but has since made a full recovery and returned to work.